I absolutely didn't expect it, and nearly fell off my chair when my name was announced. I really didn't think I stood a chance, so I suppose in some ways that makes it even sweeter.
The award is beautiful - made with the generous support of Weta Workshop, and it now has pride of place on my writing desk.
Thank you to everyone at SFFANZ who voted for me, and to everyone who took the time to nominate me. I really appreciate it - you've all made not only my day but my entire year, if not my lifetime!